As businesses across the country to continue to rebound from the recession, businesses in Morgantown and the surrounding areas have not only survived but flourished during this rough time.
"Morgantown is constantly growing," said Anna Carrier, co-owner of The Cupcakerie. "There's always a new population coming in with the students and when the students graduate they want to stay in Morgantown. It's a great place to raise your kids. It's a great place to start your career."
"Morgantown, Monongalia County and Morgantown MSA just have a great deal to offer in terms of what existing and perspective businesses are looking for," agreed Don Reinke, president of the Monongalia County Development Authority.
Forbes.com recently ranked Morgantown number seven in a list 200 of Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers.
"We've got a pretty impressive listing of these top national rankings," Reinke said.
So what makes this area almost fail-proof to a rebounding economy?
"All these factors: the presence of West Virginia University, the talent pool, the natural amenities, the cost of doing business," Reinke explained. "It helps attract them here in the first place, but also helps keep them here."
The ranking also puts Morgantown at number three for job growth, 33 for education, and number 67 in cost of doing business.
"I think Morgantown is making a big effort to make itself into more of a city, especially with the Big 12 involvement," Carrier added. Morgantown is just really stepping up, and I think that makes the city continue to grow and makes it attractive to people out of the state."
"We like to say that we offer big city amenities, but offer that safe, small town feel."
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